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Station partnerships

We partner with local volunteers to improve the environment and facilities at Thameslink stations. Find out how you can get involved.

How partnerships work

A station partnership is a group of volunteers who come together to work with us on improving how one of our stations serves its local area. It’s an ongoing partnership that benefits everyone involved and creates links with local communities. 

There’s a great variety of projects, but all are designed to benefit the community, the station and our passengers. 

Examples include:

  • Improving the look of a station through a gardening project 
  • Adding extra colour through community artwork
  • Introducing a book swap

Learn more – download our station partnerships leaflet

Success stories

Station partnerships give passengers a better experience, foster a sense of pride and ownership for everyone who uses the station, and can reduce anti-social behaviour too. For volunteers it’s a chance to take an active role in the community, offering real social benefits as well as providing a real sense of achievement.

Cricklewood

Cricklewood station was adopted by the local Town Team in early 2016 and they have certainly made an impact. The group began by transforming the entrance of the station to a beautiful garden, even with a new station sign. The partnership has worked with the local team to add a tailor-made station clock, photo collages and a book swap involving local charities.   As a result of the partnership’s work, Cricklewood station won the Silver level in the “It’s Your Station” category of the Association of Community Rail Partnership Awards. 

Elstree and Borehamwood

Thameslink and fellow First Impressions partners celebrated forging a station partnership in May 2016 by unveiling new improved bike racks and two welcome panels at Elstree and Borehamwood station. The panels highlight the importance of Elstree Studios and the BBC to the area.   Other improvements include new seating and planters, centenary banners, the start of a Film and TV Heritage Trail, an iconic wall sculpture, stars in the pavement and new planting – just a few of the results which the combined efforts of this group have achieved.   Mayor of Elstree & Borehamwood Cllr Clive Butchins said: “First Impressions is a wonderful initiative. It not only commemorates the rich entertainment heritage of our town in a most appropriate manner but also is a way for our town to show this off to visitors and residents alike. It makes the whole place more attractive and interesting.”  

Crofton Park

Thameslink launched its first station partnership south of the river Thames in December 2015, as members of the local community officially adopted Crofton Park station.   The local group had already established a garden on spare land at the station and the signing of the station partnership formalised the commitment between the two to work together further.   The station garden includes flowers, as well as vegetables, and is looked after by the Crofton Park Railway Group.   The garden has helped transform an overgrown area of the station which, historically, was plagued with litter, including a number of old mattresses. Since the creation of the garden, fly-tipping has reduced significantly and the group has plans to make it even more attractive for passengers.